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heads

[hedz]
adjective, adverb
(of a coin) with the top, or obverse, facing up: On the first toss, the coin came up heads.
Compare tails.


Origin:
1675–85; head + -s1

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heads (hɛdz)
 
interj, —adv
1.  Compare tails with the obverse side of a coin uppermost, esp if it has a head on it: used as a call before tossing a coin
2.  informal (Austral) the heads people in authority

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head
O.E. heafod "top of the body," also "upper end of a slope," also "chief person, leader, ruler," from P.Gmc. *khaubuthan (cf. O.S. hobid, O.N. hofuð, O.Fris. haved, Ger. Haupt, Goth. haubiþ "head"), from PIE *kauput- "head" (cf. Skt. kaput-, L. caput "head"), also "bowl" (as in skull). Modern
spelling is c.1420, representing what was then a long vowel (as in heat). Meaning "obverse of a coin" is from 1684; meaning "foam on a mug of beer" is first attested 1545; meaning "toilet" is from 1748, based on location of crew toilet in the bow (or head) of a ship. Synechdochic use for "person" (as in head count) is first attested 1535; of cattle, etc., in this sense from 1513. To give head "perform fellatio" is from 1950s. Meaning "drug addict" (usually in a compound with the preferred drug as the first element) is from 1911. The verb head "to shape one's course toward" (1835) was originally nautical. Header "head-first dive or plunge" first attested 1849. Headlight is from 1861, originally of ships and locomotives. Headquarters is from 1647. Headstrong "determined to have one's way" is from 1398. Headroom "space above the head" first recorded 1851. Headphone is 1914, with second element extracted from telephone. Phrase head over heels is "a curious perversion" [Weekley] of M.E. heels over head. Phrase heads will roll "people will be punished" (1930) translates Adolf Hitler.
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head (hěd)
n.

  1. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the human body, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.

  2. The analogous part of various vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

  3. The pus-containing tip of an abscess, a boil, or a pimple.

  4. The rounded proximal end of a long bone.

  5. The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.

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